PhDs in Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences

Environmental studies cover a wide interdisciplinary area, which investigates how the natural world works and how humans interact with it. This area of study approaches present environmental issues such as pollution, global climate change and depletion of natural resources. Environmental sciences try to find sustainable ways to maintain or improve the integrity of the natural environment.
Earth sciences deal with the study of our planet, its material structure, atmosphere and physical characteristics. Specialised fields of the discipline include geology, meteorology, oceanography and even astronomy.
Both environmental studies and earth sciences integrate knowledge of physics and biochemistry to study environmental systems, study the history of earth and its constant changes, and try to find solutions for pressing environmental issues. Sub-disciplines of environmental studies and earth sciences include toxicology, biodiversity and conservation, soil science and environmental management. Environmental studies also incorporate social sciences for understanding human relationships, perceptions and policies towards the environment.
Environmental and earth scientists perform experiments and take accurate measurements related to how the earths characteristics and environmental issues evolve and change. They work on subjects like understanding earth processes, weather changes, natural hazard prediction, alternative energy systems research, natural resource management and more.
Graduates find work in government agencies, non-profit organisations or environmental consulting agencies. Careers in the field range from hydrologist, geographer or seismologist, to environmental compliance inspector, climate change analyst and emergency management specialist.

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Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering PhD Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering
  • Sep 2016
  • Non-EEA € 13,500 per year
  • 36 months

The doctorate degree is intended for students who have excelled during their undergraduate and/or graduate studies, have a strong motivation and enthusiasm toward technological research and innovation, and are inclined to remain in an academic or research environment working on emerging technologies and challenging engineering projects.

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- Carry Out Your Own PhD Project! Ph. D. - Carry Out Your Own PhD Project!
  • Aug 2016
  • International € 0 per year
  • 36 months

The Hector Fellow Academy (HFA) offers fully-funded PhD positions in Germany. Outstanding young scientists can apply with their own research idea in natural sciences or engineering subjects.

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Climate Variability and Impacts PhD Climate Variability and Impacts
  • Dec 2016
  • Not specified
  • 60 months

Oceans and Climate Variability: The ocean covers 70% of the Earths surface and, through its exchange of heat, water and compounds with the atmosphere, the lithosphere, and the cryosphere, it plays a key role in our climate system. The ocean also hosts a significant fraction of the Earths biosphere, which both responds to, and plays a role in, climate variability.

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Chemical Oceanography PhD Chemical Oceanography
  • Dec 2016
  • Not specified
  • 60 months

Students enter the Joint Program in Chemical Oceanography with a wide range of backgrounds and eventually embark on thesis research in a wide variety of fields of study. The program is flexible, with an emphasis on reaching academic milestones rather than on the path taken.

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Physical Oceanography PhD Physical Oceanography
  • Dec 2016
  • Not specified
  • 60 months

The MIT/WHOI Joint Program provides a high quality doctoral education leading to an internationally-recognized Ph.D. degree awarded by both institutions.

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Environmental Sciences and Policy PhD Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 15,000 per year
  • Non-EEA € 15,000 per year
  • 36 months

The doctoral program provides an exceptional opportunity to pursue fundamental and applied research to address some of the most urgent environmental challenges in the world. Our graduates emerge from the program with an understanding of diverse approaches to environmental problems, extensive practical research experience, professional networks, analytical and practical thinking skills, and both the commitment and capacity for addressing environmental challenges.

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City Logistics Ph. D. City Logistics
  • Any time
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • Non-EEA € 0 per year
  • 36 months

The City Logistics Post PhD is offered at the Ecole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne. EPFL announces the opening of a 3 year PhD position at the interface of technology and economics. The corresponding interdisciplinary research project will assess the current state and future development of city logistics worldwide.

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Queen Mary University of London

Ph. D. Environmental Change and Management Research Group
  • Jan 2017
  • Aug 2016
  • EEA £ 3,996 per year
  • International £ 12,500 per year
  • Not specified

The breadth of the Schools research expertise offers a wide range of opportunities for those wishing to embark on a programme of doctoral research in human or physical geography. Research students are registered for University of London degrees MPhil/PhD) and work under the close supervision of members of academic staff. We welcome applications from those wishing to study full or part- time. The School regularly holds NERC Algorithm Studentships and is part of Queen Marys Block Grant from the AHRC. At the time of going to press, the school is recognised by the ESRC for +3 and 1+3 Studentships and CASE Studentships, and is part of the Colleges bid (jointly with Goldsmiths College) to host an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.

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Universit Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

PhD Geosciences and Natural Resources
  • Oct 2016
  • EEA € 350 per year
  • Non-EEA € 350 per year
  • 36 months

The doctoral School's objective is to offer a training programme for and by research to French and foreign graduates wishing to acquire skills in geosciences, combining the fundamental aspects and their applications with the protection, exploitation and protection of natural resources.

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

PhD Ecology and Evolution
  • Sep 2016
  • National $ 7,944 per module
  • International $ 13,368 per module
  • Not specified

Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers has a long and distinguished history. The graduate program includes approximately 80 faculty and 60 graduate students. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and offers graduate education and training in microbial, plant, animal, and human ecology under the direction of outstanding faculty located at three campuses (New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden); two marine stations (in Tuckerton and Bivalve); the Pinelands Field Station in New Lisbon; and the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York.

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